The Global CALM Program is an international initiative to train clinicians in CALM therapy, gather evidence about the implementation of CALM in diverse settings, and to make CALM a standard of care for people facing metastatic and advanced cancer.

Global CALM Network

GIPPEC has formed a network of international sites in Europe, Austral-Asia, North and South America. Each site has a CALM lead who is responsible for the implementation of CALM in their centre with the aim of becoming a hub to support training, data collection and the implementation of CALM in multiple sites within their region.

CALM Collaboration Oppertunities 

There are multiple opportunities to get involved in the Global CALM Program at the institutional and therapist level.

Collaborating Institutions

Health care organizations with a cancer program and access to cancer patients can join the Global CALM Program as a clinical site or clinical and research site.  Clinical sites are committed to implementing CALM as a clinical program within their centres. Clinical and research sites are committed to implementing CALM as a clinical program and in conducting research on CALM in their centres. Collaboration Requirements include:  

  • Clinical Site
    • Cohort of therapists (minimum three) committed with dedicated time to achieving CALM therapist certification. Timelines for certification range between 12-18 months. Therapists must be available 2-3 hours per we to see CALM cases and attend supervision.
    • Dedicated CALM site lead committed to developing CALM within the centre and holding a leadership role in CALM. This role may include advocating for CALM within the institution, coordinating supervision with therapists, dedication to becoming a CALM supervisor after certification, and clinical program development.
    • Clinical lead to attend CALM workshop annually.
  • Clinical and Research Site
    • Cohort of therapists (minimum three) committed with dedicated time to developing research in CALM and achieving CALM therapist certification. Timelines for certification range between 12-18 months. Therapists must be available 3-5 hours per week to see CALM cases, attend supervision and complete research tasks.
    • Dedicated CALM site clinical lead committed to developing CALM within the centre. This role may include advocating for CALM within the institution, coordinating supervision with therapists, dedication to becoming a CALM supervisor after certification, and clinical program development.
    • Dedicated CALM site research lead committed to providing oversight and coordination of clinical research project(s) on CALM. This may be the same person as the clinical lead, so long as they have research capacity. This role may include developing the research ethics board submission, translation of measures, coordinating recruitment, and administering measures.
    • Commitment to identify funding to support site research.
    • Commitment to share CALM data for research and program growth.

Organizations interested in joining the program are required to:

  • Identify a site lead who will take a leadership role in research and/or program development
  • Identify a cohort of therapists (minimum of 3) who are committed to become CALM certified therapists
  • Complete a brief questionnaire about the organization

Individual Collaborators

Individuals who are interested in CALM but are not interested in establishing a CALM Program are eligible to join the Global CALM Program as a CALM Certified Clinician or an Academic Collaborator:

  • CALM Certified Clinician
    • Individuals who are interested in becoming CALM certified but will not be establishing a CALM program.
    • Must have access to patients with metastatic or advanced cancer.
    • Must attend at least one CALM workshop and complete two cases under supervision (supervision is provided for a fee - Please note that this is dependent on availability of supervision time).
  • Academic Collaborator
    • If you are interested in conducting research in CALM, please reach out to gippec@uhn.ca

All clinicians joining the Global CALM Program will be approached and invited to participate in our Global CALM Research Project on the feasibility and implementation of the Global CALM Program.


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Gary Rodin

Director, GIPPEC

 

Lesley Chalklin

Program Manager

 

Anja Mehnert

Head of Psychosocial Oncology, Department of Medical Psychology and Medical Sociology

 

Anne Lanceley

Senior Lecturer

 

Carmine Malfitano

Research Associate

 

Christian Schulz-Quach

Visiting Lecturer in Palliative Care Psychiatry

 

Luigi Grassi

Professor and Chair of Psychiatry

 

Luzia Travado

Clinical Health Psychologist

 

Sarah Hales

Psychiatrist

 

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